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    In the Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, the main character, Taylor Greer, leaves home in hopes of adventure and something new from her home in rural Kentucky. Five years after high school, she saves enough money for herself to get an old Volkswagen bug; however, little does she know that her trip will leave her with permanent responsibilities and new friends whom she never imagined she'd meet. When Taylor's car runs out of gas in Taylorville, the place of where she changed her name to Taylor

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    a positive and negative characteristic in a relationship, the connection between two people could be ruined. In order to have a mutually beneficial relationship, there should be some characteristics to follow. In the novel The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, Taylor Greer escapes a small town life to embark on a journey. She went through high school by avoiding pregnancy and getting herself a job working at a hospital. After she saves herself enough money, she decides to go on a journey in an old

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    Barbara Kingsolver is a world renowned American novelist, poet, and essayist. She has written many literary works including, but not limited to, controversial subjects such as politics, nature, and social issues. Kingsolver’s many unique experiences in life have made her the author she is today and ultimately inspired her to write The Poisonwood Bible; one of the most complex and controversial novel out of all of her works. Kingsolver was born in Annapolis, Maryland on April 8, 1955. Shortly after

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    Drawing on experience for inspiration, Barbara Kingsolver writes books that are influenced by her life. She incorporates her own characteristics into her characters. Knowing Kingsolver’s background is necessary in order to see the parallels between her life and work. The psychological school of criticism analyzes an author’s life and finds the underlying patterns within their works. In Kingsolver’s Animal Dreams, the main character has aspirations, a paternal relationship and personal beliefs similar

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    The Poisonwood Bible, written in 1998 by Barbara Kingsolver, is a bestselling novel about a family led by the evangelistic Reverend Nathan Price, who in 1959 moved his family from Georgia to the village of Kilanga in the Belgian Congo. Many elements of The Poisonwood Bible allude to parallels that can be drawn in biblical texts, such as the names of the Price children, the events that happen to them, and the aptly named titles of the chapters. Kingsolver also includes alternative ways to worship

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    Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web. A majority of White’s works are composed of essays just like “Once More to the Lake,” which appeared in Harper's magazine. Author Barbara Kingsolver is a talented essayist, poet, and writer. Kingsolver was educated at DePauw University and University of Arizona. Since her writing career began, Kingsolver has won many awards and written many well-known novels such as The Poisoned Bible, Prodigal Summer, and The Bean Trees. “Once More to the Lake” involves a man returning

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    In The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, Missy, The novel’s main character changes. Said changes are what defines Missy as a whole. These changes occur as a result of Obstacles she comes across and conquers. Such obstacles drive on these changes through either fear or just a lack of will, suppressing her mind and then being confronted with a need for change The reader can see Missy’s first transition when she has a change of heart in the people of Pittman County. We see another one towards her feeling

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    optimistic. In The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver establishes the theme of hope for the future through the use of similes, motifs, and symbolism. Barbara Kingsolver was born on April 8, 1955. Being born in Maryland and growing up in rural Kentucky gave her a love for nature and a clear understanding of social discrepancies. After high school, Barbara continued her education at DePauw University and the University of Arizona. There she earned multiple degrees in biology. Barbara kickstarted her career as

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    Kingsolver addresses this need with her novel, creating a “thing of terrible beauty”. The Poisonwood Bible is centered around these controversial themes, luring the reader into considering the difficult topics and the various aspects of each topic that are

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    he Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver focuses on both real life and fictional events and tells the story of the Price family’s experience in the Congo. Kingsolver makes good use of foreshadowing to dramatize the tragic incidents that occur in Africa. Orleanna Price is the most reliable narrator in the novel and is used to foreshadow future events and to explain various aspects of the past. In the first chapter, Orleanna maps out all the major events that will occur throughout the book. Most

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    explores the theme of how trauma affects one’s future life and actions, especially in the character Perry Smith, whose childhood was characterized by neglect and uncertainty, leading him to commit serious crimes. Similarly, in “Poisonwood Bible,” Barbara Kingsolver expresses the same theme in the character Nathan Price, whose experiences in the war, when paired with a deep religious belief, led him to justify the abuse of his family with the words of God. Both Perry and Nathan’s experiences shape

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    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver shows the women of the Congo as being the workers of the family. They take care of the children, going so far as to carry them around constantly once they reach a certain age, and they are responsible for all the housework. The females are seen as capable and have many responsibilities. In spite of this, the reality for the real women of the Congo is that they are in constant fear of being a victim of sexual violence. Sexual violence can happen anywhere

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    approaches in their narration to accurately convey their message. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver, is a novel about the Prices, a religious family who moves from Georgia a village in the Congo. Their story, which parallels the western appearance into our current era, is told through multiple narrators: Orleanna—Nathan Price 's wife, and their four daughters--Rachel, Leah, Adah, Ruth May. Kingsolver wrote her novel through the eyes of the five Price women to constitute a parallel between

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    In the novel The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver, Leah Price moves to the Congo with her family as part of a missionary. Through their experiences in the Congo, and living amongst a community with many political conflicts, Leah discovers the importance of justice and selflessness. Kingsolver uses assertive and benevolent tones, and symbolism throughout the story to portray the voice of Leah, illustrating Leah’s determination to adamantly strive for justice and equality for Africa and its

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    different culture. In The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver presents the theme that women must overcome the naturally forming barriers that are created as a result of societal norms. The female characters of The Poisonwood Bible are oppressed by not only the rules of society but the chauvinistic and supercilious ways of the male, Nathan Price. Orleanna and Leah demonstrate the importance of making life altering choices in order to redeem themselves. Kingsolver demonstrates that by overcoming the barriers

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    Many people have optimistic views in their life, however there is a fine line between being optimistic and being ignorant of consequences people face for their actions (or inactions).The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver is a novel about an American family and their journey on a mission trip into the Congo, in contrast, All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy is a novel about John Grady and his journey into adulthood as he runs away to Mexico. Despite the superficially differences of the

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    In Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Bean Trees, Taylor represents a bildungsroman character. A bildungsroman story is a coming of age story that consists of four stages. In the first stage of a bildungsroman character’s journey, she experiences a loss or painful experience that drives her to start a new life. The character goes through a baptismal rite in the second stage, which always involves water. The character endures many difficult trials in the third stage, but ends up gaining a new insight

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    In the words of Pauline Hopkins, “And, after all, our surroundings influence our lives and characters as much as fate, destiny, or any supernatural agency.” In the post-colonial fiction, The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver, a family of six is being led blind into the Congo in the name of Jesus and left all their modern conveniences behind. There are many shifts in the daily lives and beliefs of the Price’s from the “simple” change of drinking water to the complexity of what Jesus truly means

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    Ranging from the epics of old, centered on selflessness and courage, to the modern stories revealing moral-building characteristics, themes play an important part in connecting the writing to the reader.  In the story The Poisonwood Bible, author Barbara Kingsolver uses elements such as religion, nature, and the arrogance of the western world to reach out to the reader and introduce the concept she is trying to teach.              Religion has an enormous influence in The Poisonwood Bible, primarily during

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    how to fix it. In the book The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver, the characters Taylor and Lou Ann are great friends living in Arizona. In Matt de la Peña’s Mexican Whiteboy, Danny and Uno become good friends during one summer while playing baseball. In Amy Tan’s short story “Two Kinds”, a girl and her mother struggle to keep up good relations between them. All of these texts have great examples of signs of good and toxic relationships. The

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